So your friend / brother / sister / aunt / uncle / cousin / boyfriend / girlfriend snowboards and is going to teach you how. Don’t let ’em! It won’t go well!
Leave it to a professional. Book a lesson at your local resort with a CASI (Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors) instructor. We’re experts and we are dying to help you. We have all the little tricks to make your first time a stress free, fun experience. Your local resort has lots of lesson options to get you started. Most have beginner lift, lesson and rental packages as well as many private and multi-day and multi-week packages. Check out the QuickRide Directory to find a QuickRide Learning Centre near you.
CHECK THE WEATHER! Be prepared to spend a few hours in anything from sub-zero temperatures to warm and sunny. Dressing in layers is key. Cotton is for summer, not for snowboarding. It’s crucial to make sure you have the right clothing for the day: winter jacket and pants (waterproof is good!), gloves or mittens are a must, warm socks, and a helmet for your melon.
GET OUT THERE! You’re never too old (or young) to become a snowboarder. Most rental shops stock equipment for kids as young as four or five years old, and most QuickRide resorts offer lessons for these kids. Don’t believe the myth that kids should start out skiing. If your kid wants to shred, let ‘em shred!
WHICH FOOT FORWARD? Snowboarding is a sideways sport. Almost everyone has a natural front foot. If you’re already a skateboarder or surfer you probably already know. To determine whether you’re “goofy” (right foot forward), or “regular” (left foot forward) imagine yourself sliding on a patch of ice…which foot feels best in front?
RELAX! Come with an open mind. It might be a little different than what you were told by your older brother, that cool aunt of yours, or that computer game that you’re so good at – it’s nothing like the game!